Commissioning Custom Swords
This is the 21st century — why do you need a sword? Of course you don't “need” a sword, but we all want one. There are so many links to our past, in our culture, in stories and myths about the sword. It spans the globe and the centuries. There are many places that sell swords, and in the end they pretty much all look the same — because they are mass produced by only a few overseas companies. It is also possible for a manufacturer to make any number of wild claims about swords — how they are made and what they can do. Sometimes it is a bald-faced lie, sometimes a twisted truth. There are few places where you can truly have a sword made to order and talk to the person making it.
That is what we have done since 1982. Our swords are unique — you can tell just by looking at them. Each one has been conceived, designed and created by Gary and Suzy Zahradka. Yet there is more than beauty to our custom swords. We use the best materials — bronze and carbon steel — to make sure that they have the strength needed to last a lifetime, and we put it all together so it feels good in the hand. If you want a unique custom sword, contact us and we will work together to create it.
The Cross-guard (Quillon) and Pommel:
The most visible aspect of any sword is the cross-guard and pommel. It makes a statement. It is the personality of the sword. It is also the part that is in contact with the user and must fit and feel comfortable to the hand. Our crossguards and pommels are made in solid bronze using the lost wax casting method. The lost wax method ensures the best possible detail on every piece; the bronze provides the strength and durability needed in a sword hilt. We offer many beautiful sword hilt styles as part of our standard swords, each one conceived, designed and created by Omega Artworks. Every part is sculpted individually by hand so minor changes can be made to suit your needs.
Of course, nothing makes a custom sword as unique as having the hilt designed just for you. We will gladly work with you to design and sculpt your custom sword hilt. From preliminary drawings, to photos of the wax, to the final product — we do our best to keep you engaged in the design experience.
Blades and Steel:
To many people the blade is the most important feature of a sword, and the type of steel the only thing worth discussing. Many people make outrageous claims of what their steel will or will not do, and some stretch the limits of science and credibility. Movies have given us a concept of what a sword is capable of that is far beyond reality. In the end, most steels are very similar and almost all modern steels far out do any historic options. A blade needs to be hard enough to hold a good edge, flexible enough not to break and springy enough not to stay bent. That's about it. Next it needs to be securely attached to the hilt — then you can start worrying about the length, curve and weight. These are going to effect the sword's overall performance more than the steel itself. When we create a custom sword we consider one more option: and that is how it will look. We work the steel so that the swords is not just a bunch of parts stuck together, but a completed work of art that flows, has symmetry, and has visual as well as physical balance.
Sheaths & Hangers
A sheath, though not necessary, can help to protect not just the blade, but the owner of the blade from damage. We can make hard sheaths that match or compliment the handle or we can make leather sheaths for any of our custom swords. Because all of our swords are custom made, no two blades are exactly alike, therefore each sheath must be custom made to fit the individual blade.
A sword cane, though very popular in the movies, is actually an extremely deadly weapon and is considered a concealed weapon all across the United States and many other countries — and is highly illegal. We make swords and we make canes but we do not make sword canes.
Placing a Custom Sword Order
The first step in placing your order for a custom sword from Omega Artworks is to review our construction techniques and design catalog to figure out what you want. Look at our handle materials, decide whether you're interested in plating, engraving, or other specialized touches to make your sword your own.
Once you have a good idea of what you're looking to have made, contact us via email or give us a call at 651-503-0273 to let us know what you're interested in. We'll work with you to refine your concept so you can get exactly the sword you want.